Becca Reher | Posted: 27 Aug 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars put in summer work for Olympic time trials

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PROVO, UT – During the summer months, BYU swimmers have worked hard in the pool, preparing for the upcoming season and aiming to qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

With the first official meet of the season being three weeks away, six Cougars have qualified to compete in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials.

“Getting a trial cut is a goal of any swimmer,” BYU head coach John Brooks said. “The Olympic Team Trials is one of the biggest swim meets in the country, and I am so proud of our swimmers that have qualified and hope for more.”

At the Phillips 66 National Championships, Payton Sorenson competed in both the 50- and 100-meter freestyle. In the 50-meter freestyle finals, Sorenson placed fourth with a qualifying time of 22.18. In the 100-meter freestyle prelims, he qualified with a time of 50.49. Levi Jensen participated in the time trial portion of nationals and received his own qualifying time of 1:02.95 in the 100-meter breaststroke. 

Brynn Sproul, a freshman at the time, received the first qualifying time on the team at the 2018 USA Swimming Winter National Championships. She swam a 1:02.67 in the 100-meter backstroke, sending her on her way to trials. Teammates Connor Stirling and Jared Shaw both locked down qualifying times in the 50-meter freestyle. Stirling swam a 23.07 at the Arizona Long Course Senior Open Championships and Shaw finished at 22.86 at the USA Swimming Futures Championships. 

Shortly after, incoming freshman Tyler Edlefsen shined at the NCSA Summer Swimming Championships, qualifying in both the 200- and 400-meter individual medley with times of 2:03.77 and 4:23.16, respectively. 

The 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be held on June 21-28, 2020, at the CHI Health Center Omaha, in Omaha, Nebraska. BYU’s first official meet of the 2019-20 season will be on Friday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. MDT in Salt Lake for relay races against Utah.